FIRST THOUGHTS

The Westhope Group was delighted to be offered the opportunity to exhibit during 2013/14 at both The Hollies and the Knitting and Stitching shows.  Most of the earlier Westhope Group exhibitions have travelled to more than one venue, however this year's venues are very different in scale and type of visitor so a slightly different approach was needed. After some discussion we agreed that we should use the Hollies exhibition to show our first thoughts on the theme of Shape Shifting, then develop these ideas further for larger scale pieces at the bigger shows. The pieces exhibited here are a mix of finished pieces, 'sketches' on paper and in thread, and maquettes which will be worked up into larger and more elaborate items. Many of these pieces will be shown alongside the new work at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate, helping to provide an insight into the design processes used by the different members of the group.

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A point of view

A point of view

by Ann Allison A set of logarithmic ovals, which change their configuration, depending on your point of view. Bobbin lace in enamelled copper wire.

A point of view, detail

A point of view, detail

by Ann Allison A set of logarithmic ovals, which change their configuration, depending on your point of view. Bobbin lace in enamelled copper wire.

Deborah's secret

Deborah's secret

by Deborah Robinson Black and pink made from old, washed lingerie.

Experiments in dimensional fans

Experiments in dimensional fans

by Ann Collier A combination of origami and pop-up art.

Felt bowl

Felt bowl

by Mary Coleman

Hanging

Hanging

by Mary Coleman

Hanging, detail

Hanging, detail

by Mary Coleman

If wishes were fishes

If wishes were fishes

by Kitty Mason Reflects that the dreams of youth change over time into the wishes of the older person. Bobbin lace in mixed threads and plastic bags.

Leaves in the landscape

Leaves in the landscape

by Margaret Clark

Pancake rocks

Pancake rocks

by Pat Gibson A miniature hanging using a needlelace stitch to represent rock formation. Thread is stainless steel with a linen core so giving the thread a stiffness of its own.

Partial stellated icosahedron

Partial stellated icosahedron

by Pamela Layzell Putting points on all 20 faces of an icosahedron made for a very unstable solid, so 4 points had to go. Cotton, wool and wire needlelace (18cm x 18cm x 14cm)

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

by Anne Dyer Many things do or can change quietly from one shape to another, sometimes along only one possible route and sometimes at the whim of chance or the maker.

Purse

Purse

by Pat Gibson A geometric shape manipulated in PaintShop Pro. Worked in needlelace with an emphasis on the cordonette decoration.

Red letter day 1

Red letter day 1

by Alison Tolson Worked in knitting yarn, linen and wire, using a simple pattern shape to create temporary wearable accessories (1 of 3 pieces)

Red letter day 2

Red letter day 2

by Alison Tolson Worked in knitting yarn, linen and wire, using a simple pattern shape to create temporary wearable accessories (1 of 3 pieces)

Red letter day 3

Red letter day 3

by Alison Tolson Worked in knitting yarn, linen and wire, using a simple pattern shape to create temporary wearable accessories (1 of 3 pieces)

Rough diamonds

Rough diamonds

by Robina Melville Tambour lace inspired by the merging, shifting triangular shapes seen on the surface of a diamond viewed through a microscope. Worked in colours of the Suffrage movement. Silk, cotton and metallic thread.

Rough diamonds, detail

Rough diamonds, detail

by Robina Melville Tambour lace inspired by the merging, shifting triangular shapes seen on the surface of a diamond viewed through a microscope. Worked in colours of the Suffrage movement. Silk, cotton and metallic thread.

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 1

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 1

by Gil Dye Seventeenth century motifs interpreted in a selection of techniques and materials, illustrating seven linear patterns.

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 2

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 2

by Gil Dye Seventeenth century motifs interpreted in a selection of techniques and materials, illustrating seven linear patterns.

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 3

Seven sorts of shape shifting, detail 3

by Gil Dye Seventeenth century motifs interpreted in a selection of techniques and materials, illustrating seven linear patterns.

Seven sorts of shape shifting

Seven sorts of shape shifting

by Gil Dye Seventeenth century motifs interpreted in a selection of techniques and materials, illustrating seven linear patterns.

Sliding lines

Sliding lines

by Anne Dyer From the ideas of Escher and the patterns of change ringing, moving in a circle from simplicity to simplicity through great elaboration.

Sweethearts

Sweethearts

by Deborah Robinson Made from old lace.

There has to be an odd one

There has to be an odd one

by Pat Gibson Fuchsia flowers in a stylised format. Worked in paper thread and attached to cheese wire to give mobility and movement. In a vessel of Pelmet Vilene.

There has to be an odd one, detail 1

There has to be an odd one, detail 1

by Pat Gibson Fuchsia flowers in a stylised format. Worked in paper thread and attached to cheese wire to give mobility and movement. In a vessel of Pelmet Vilene.

There has to be an odd one, detail 2

There has to be an odd one, detail 2

by Pat Gibson Fuchsia flowers in a stylised format. Worked in paper thread and attached to cheese wire to give mobility and movement. In a vessel of Pelmet Vilene.

Three

Three

by Ann Wheeler Three free-standing bobbin/needlelace figures 30cm tall

Three, detail

Three, detail

by Ann Wheeler Three free-standing bobbin/needlelace figures 30cm tall

Tumbling tetrahedra

Tumbling tetrahedra

by Pamela Layzell As I played with turning equilateral triangles, the triangles suddenly turned into 3 dimensional tetrahedra Needlace, felt, nylon net and wire. 25cm x 38cm

Tumbling tetrahedra, detail

Tumbling tetrahedra, detail

by Pamela Layzell As I played with turning equilateral triangles, the triangles suddenly turned into 3 dimensional tetrahedra Needlace, felt, nylon net and wire. 25cm x 38cm

Tumbling tetrahedra, detail

Tumbling tetrahedra, detail

by Pamela Layzell As I played with turning equilateral triangles, the triangles suddenly turned into 3 dimensional tetrahedra Needlace, felt, nylon net and wire. 25cm x 38cm

Wedding fan

Wedding fan

by Deborah Robinson Small hearts edging, made from pieces of modern lace.

What triangle?

What triangle?

by Pamela Layzell Is there a triangle here? Needlelace and acrylic on canvas. 20cm x 20cm

Wire bowl

Wire bowl

by Mary Coleman

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